As experts in their field, Jackson Design and Remodeling professionals are often called upon by the media to lend insight about topics and trends in remodeling. We are happy to share a sampling of our media appearances and mentions with you here.

La Jolla Light

La Jolla Light
June 2016
Jackson Design & Remodeling launches Home Expressions by JDR


La Jolla Light

Jackson Design & Remodeling launches Home Expressions by JDR

Company to host June 18 Open House with ‘Flipping Out’ star Jeff Lewis and jazz legend Gilbert Castellanos

By Jackson Design and Remodeling, June 9, 2016


Home Expressions

Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling is the latest innovation from Todd Jackson, President and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR), who has built his business as an industry game changer since 1989. Jackson Design and Remodeling is a design build remodeling company with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals that focuses on whole home remodeling, additions, outdoor living spaces, and other high concept designs for the home.

Jackson decided to launch Home Expressions after several years of hearing from San Diegans who wanted to work with JDR but had a project different from the company’s high concept structural and architectural focus. Home Expressions specializes in remodeling projects with no structural changes or architecture needed. With the 9,000 sq. ft. Home Expressions Selection Center now right next door to the Jackson Design and Remodeling headquarters, the two companies can handle almost any remodeling project for a client, no matter the size and type.

At the Home Expressions Selection Center, visitors can easily see, touch, and experience hundreds of choices in cabinetry, countertops, flooring, windows, doors, mirrors, lighting, fixtures, plumbing, accessories, finishes, interior and exterior stone, solar options and much more. Professional designers are on-site to offer expertise, ideas and guidance. The number of choices the Selection Center offers is unusually expansive, with vignettes, displays, display boards, and more, all designed in an environment that feels easy to understand, welcoming, and stimulating.

Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling celebrates its launch with an Open House on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Home Expressions Selection Center in Kearny Mesa. Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Flipping Out,” will be on hand to meet fans from 1-3 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a special performance by legendary jazz musician Gilbert Castellanos along with food and a champagne toast. The event is open to the public, but guests are required to RSVP on the Home Expressions website or by calling(858) 384-4196.

To learn more about Home Expressions by Jackson Design and Remodeling, 8135 Ronson Road, San Diego, and to RSVP for the June 18 open house, visit

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Kitchen and Bath Business

Kitchen and Bath Business
May 2016
Kitchen and Bath Business – Picture Perfect


Picture Perfect

Erinn Waldo, Posted Sunday, May 19, 2016

Todd Jackson

Inside a dim and closed-off kitchen space, a good exterior view can sometimes get lost. This was the case for one single-story gable home, which still sported a 1960s design and felt detached from its sweeping views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

“It was hard to tell there was a gorgeous view just outside,” said designer Sol Quintana Wagoner of San Diego, Calif.-based Jackson Design and Remodeling, who worked in collaboration with Liz Carter, John Kavan and Karina Kmiotek on the design. “The 1960s home had many appealing architectural elements typical of mid-century modern architecture, but the home’s compartmentalized layout was dark and separated from its environment.”

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Renewing the Original Idea

The original floor plan included a galley-style layout with a slide-out door onto the patio. Outdated appliances, hardware and cabinetry outfitted the design, with the only positive components being tongue-and-groove ceilings and exposed beams.

With mid-century modern back in style, the design team wanted to play up some of those original ideas in a contemporary setting that connected with the outdoor view. Elements they focused on emphasizing were linear shapes, wooden architectural materials and an airy space. For the clients, the priorities were also to make the home’s location and panoramic views central in the design.

“The family is expanding to include grandchildren, and they wanted to embrace indoor/outdoor living in a space they could open to friends and family,” said Wagoner. “It was also important to them to retain the original mid-century modern spirit of the home in the new design.”

Problem-Solving by Looking Outward

According to the designer, the biggest challenge was dealing with the existing structural components – including promising high ceilings – while trying to instill sight lines, balance in the interiors and interest on the exterior.

“To resolve this, we created a focal point [through the main window] that runs through the front door out to the back, bringing attention to a stunning view,” he said, explaining that the new floor plan removed the barriers between the front door, living space and kitchen to create a continuous space.

With the newly opened space, the high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows make the view the focus from the front door even before fully entering the kitchen. Once the window was in place, a tree in the rear yard was perfectly centered for a focal point and helped draw sightlines outward.

“From the direction of the flooring, to the grain on the cabinets and the long horizontal cabinet handles and backsplash tiles, everything was designed in a linear direction to deliberately lead the eye to the view outside,” said Wagoner.

Difference in the Details

The birch-colored cabinetry with brushed nickel hardware boasts strong horizontal lines that point to the view. The light cabinetry was selected to maintain an open feeling, while a soffit built along the perimeter of the kitchen conceals appliances and brings human scale to the space while retaining the room’s expansiveness. To connect the white and gray palette to the outdoors, the tile mosaic backsplash uses shades of green, blue and brown, and its iridescent textures echo the nearby ocean.

At the heart of the kitchen, a large island topped with a single piece of quartz visually anchors the entire space. With a 2-1/4-in. detail around the edge, the island and its four-seat bar become a furniture-like statement in the space. The gray, horizontal grain cabinetry mimics the pale perimeter cabinets but has a more distinct, wider pattern. Above the island are two bold chandeliers designed by Rico Spinet for Robert Abbey that mix a rustic and mid-century modern style.

“I discovered the bold chandeliers some time ago and waited for the perfect home to feature them in,” said Wagoner, pointing out that the mid-century modern-inspired pendants were unconventionally placed over the dining room table and the chandeliers over the island for a deconstructed feel. “Architectural elements of the home, such as the windows and doors, are dark bronze, and we repeat this concept in almost all of the lighting throughout the house – treating the lighting as an element of the architecture rather than simply using it as a light source.”

The existing tongue-and-groove ceilings were painted white and the exposed beams gray to create contrast and include wood in the design. Windows and doors were painted with a black trim to make them more prominent as architectural elements against the huge windows.

“We love how the design takes advantage of the location’s incredible views and keeps its mid-century modern soul,” said Wagoner. “The materials were carefully considered with subtleties that may be invisible to the naked eye but are unconsciously recognized, directing the eye to focus on the view of the natural surroundings.”

Source List:

  • Design Firm: Jackson Design and Remodeling
  • Senior Interior Designer: Sol Quintana Wagoner
  • Assistant Designer: Liz Carter
  • Residential Designer: John Kavan
  • Interior Stylist: Karina Kmiotek
  • Photo Credit: Jackson Design and Remodeling
  • Backsplash: Arizona Tile
  • Beverage Center: GE
  • Cabinets: DeWils
  • Cooktop: Jenn-Air
  • Countertops: Arizona Tile and Tutto Marmo
  • Dishwasher: Jenn-Air
  • Double Oven: Jenn-Air
  • Faucet: Blanco
  • Flooring: Flooring San Diego
  • Hood: Zephyr
  • Lighting: Lamps Plus
  • Refrigerator: Jenn-Air
  • Undermount Sink: Blanco

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San Diego Business Journal

San Diego Business Journal
April 2016
Founder of Jackson Design and Remodeling Launches Home Expressions


Founder of Jackson Design and Remodeling Launches Home Expressions

Katie Callahan, Posted Sunday, April 24, 2016

Todd Jackson

Todd Jackson, founder and chief executive officer of Jackson Design and Remodeling, launched a new business venture, Home Expressions.

He launched the company with a ribbon cutting ceremony April 21 with public officials and business leaders. The new company, located at a new 9,000 square-foot Selection Center in Kearny Mesa, will offer homeowners kitchen, bath and specialty design build remodeling without structural changes, according to a news release from the company.

Home Expressions will employ a team of designers and professional staff with 30-40 direct employees and 250 indirect employees. Combined, the two businesses are expected to generate $18.5 million in revenue in 2016, $10.5 million of that would be subcontractor revenue (including materials and labor), according to the release.

Jackson led Jackson Design and Remodeling, the 27-year-old home redesign company, to $14 million in revenue in 2015, according to the company.

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
August 2015
Outdoor space designed for family time

Outdoor space designed for family time

Transformation makes backyard a haven for entertaining, sports viewing and relaxing

By Sol Quintana Wagoner, Special to the U-T, Posted 2:56 p.m. Aug. 14, 2015

A combo kitchen prep area and bar includes a sink and fridge.

A combo kitchen prep area and bar includes a sink and fridge. Jackson Design and Remodeling

With summer well under way, family time has moved outdoors to parks, beaches and backyards. For clients who frequently welcome kids and grandkids, our team worked to transform a San Diego backyard into an outdoor living oasis that’s ideal for weekend barbecues, pool time, sunbathing or catching a game.

To create a multifunctional space, our design sought to incorporate distinct areas for each activity to maximize the space.

Knowing our clients frequently host family get-togethers that revolve around cooking meals, we created a combination kitchen prep area and bar, featuring natural-stacked flagstone and a granite countertop complete with a sink and refrigerator. Utilizing an L-shape design, it becomes a conversation area ideal for enjoying drinks and watching games.

It was very important to the husband to feature a large Kamado grill, so he could prepare his secret recipes. The outdoor flooring was extended to accommodate the grill area; a large granite prep area makes slicing vegetables and seasoning meats a breeze for grill masters.

A combo kitchen prep area and bar includes a sink and fridge.

The flat roof of the cabana has solar panels that power the swimming pool and provide heat year-round. Jackson Design and Remodeling

Since our clients are avid sports fans, it was important to incorporate a sports viewing area. By placing the flat-screen television above the outdoor fireplace, it gives the feel of an outdoor living room while also providing optimal viewing from the bar area. A large cutout feature next to the TV reveals a gorgeous view of the surrounding greenery.

The cabana’s flat roof holds solar panels to power the swimming pool and provide heat year-round. The pool and fountain utilize stacked stone all around the perimeter. Keeping the same color scheme as the house allows the space to blend seamlessly. With grandkids in mind, the pool was kept shallow with sunbathing stations and several areas for the kids to safely splash and enjoy the San Diego sunshine.

The new outdoor living space is complemented by the surrounding greenery, which slopes down the hillside and features a low fence to keep the view intact. The new space is the perfect destination for friends and family to enjoy all summer and year round.

Wagoner is a senior designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
April 2015
Remodeled bath is relaxing retreat

Remodeled bath is relaxing retreat

Shower, tub enhanced, updated within limits of existing room space

By Todd Jackson, Special to the U-T, Posted 7:46 p.m. April 3, 2015

Cedar Kitchen Island

Moving the toilet off to the right allowed expanding the shower and tub fixtures in this remodel. Jackson Design and Remodeling

Our team worked with the homeowners of a Rancho Peñasquitos home to transform their out-of-date bathroom into a bright, spalike retreat.

The existing bathroom was bland and outdated and featured an awkward layout. The original tub and shower were cramped in a dark corner of the bathroom. The shower was a small standard box with no feeling of luxury or style. Because we had to keep the same overall footprint and couldn’t enlarge the space allocated for the bathroom, space planning was an essential element in creating the new master bathroom.

Our team strategized to develop the best approach to the layout and decided to move the toilet area, expanding the shower into its former space. By adding a pony wall to the side of the shower, we were able to tuck the toilet area into a cozy and private alcove. To incorporate our clients’ desire for a spalike experience, we selected a heated toilet with a bidet function.

The roomy new shower and tub are carefully positioned in the space for a clean, modern presentation. Viewed from the shower or the tub, the room is peaceful and full of light. Clean, straight lines are paramount. A new, modern, white quartz tub was under-mounted to align cleanly with the cabinetry. Innovative placement allowed for a significantly larger tub than in the original bathroom. A wall of gray porcelain 12-by-24-inch textured tile delineates the space, while a new window treatment lets natural light flood into the room.

For the cabinetry, we chose bamboo with a reddish stain to convey an elegant feel. We also added a vanity area providing ample storage with easy access to extra towels, emphasizing the home spa feel. The color palette of subdued grays and clean white was selected to fortify a sense of calm retreat.

A trough sink was our team’s solution to fitting two sinks into a limited space. At 48 inches long, the sink provides plenty of room for sharing while keeping a low visual profile. Simple modern fixtures underline the serene mood of the room.

The bathroom floor is Italian Ergon engineered stone, noted for its resemblance to wood flooring while also being a green-friendly material.

With cool neutral colors and natural light filling the space, this new master bath is the perfect place for homeowners to leave their worries and stress at the door.

Todd Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Jackson Design and Remodeling. He can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego Union-Tribune
January 2015
Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T, Posted 5:53 p.m. January 29, 2015

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. Jackson Design and Remodeling

As the new year gets under way, many San Diegans are inspired to refresh their homes and finally begin planning that long-overdue remodeling project. Kitchens are at the top of the list for many homeowners with open, inviting spaces that suit entertaining, one of the big, continuing trends for 2015.

With a historical home that’s more than 90 years old, our clients were more than ready for a kitchen remodel. They desperately needed a more practical kitchen with improved functionality and plenty of space for family gatherings.

Our design team created a plan to significantly transform the kitchen, while still maintaining the character of the home. We began the transformation by removing two walls to create an expansive space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas. To retain the historical feel of the home, the existing oak wood floor in the dining area was duplicated and continued into the kitchen for visual continuity.

White cabinetry throughout the new kitchen provides a plethora of organized storage options and conceals all the major appliances for a clean, uncluttered appearance. A panel inset on the peninsula unifies it with the home’s existing wainscoting, making the peninsula seem as if it has always been in the home.

New windows looking out on the historic neighborhood considerably brightened the sink area, framed by the bold accent of a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and meticulous crown molding emphasizing the home’s history.

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

We wanted the new space to have a central focal point, so we chose a stunning custom-built stainless-steel black hood to place above the large, white peninsula. A niche above the peninsula provides functional storage of cooking essentials and a decorative note of visual interest. The black-and-white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash.

The dining room comfortably seats several guests, who can easily interact with other guests and their hosts in the kitchen. The design fuses classic, vintage-inspired elements with the modernity of the black-and-white color theme and clean lines.

Cedar Kitchen Island

Two walls were removed to create an expansive space combining the kitchen and dining areas. – Jackson Design and Remodeling

Natural light and circulation now infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. The classic design blends hints of European charm with a modern sensibility and retains its sense of place in historic surroundings.

The large open floor plan now connects the kitchen with the dining area seamlessly, making the new space warm, inviting and the perfect place for entertaining year-round.

Tatiana Machado-Rosas is a designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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